50s Reverse Bolero by Edith Head

October 4, 2014

Edith Head Bolero


I just finished this reverse bolero, from a 50s pattern by Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head, in time to wear it to an event at the Motion Picture Academy’s “Hollywood Costume” exhibit.


Here’s the pattern I used:

Edith Head Pattern








I made it from raw silk, and lined it with rayon challis. The rolled neckline was very tricky to figure out:

Bolero Neckline







I used vintage Bakelite buttons to fasten the back.

Edith Head Bolero Back






You can find more construction details on my blog: JetSetSewing.com.

  1. its gorgeous, the fabric choice is great, and it looks so classy, beautiful tailoring.
    i recently made an ‘over blouse’ which has a similar button back detail (but unlike yours, mine was a very very uncomplicated pattern) and I have decided they are the ‘must have’ item of clothing.

  2. Beautiful work! Love your fabric choices, the buttons, everything! Linings are so important, don’t you think? Even if no one else ever sees them, why not make them fabulous?!

  3. That is gorgeous! I have to ask, how do you button up the back of those shirts if your spouse/roommate/etc. is out the door before you get dressed?

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